Last year, ArenaNet announced that it would indefinitely postpone the Steam release of Guild Wars 2 to focus on its new expansion, End of Dragons. This should actually be released in 2021, but the studio is up and running now In a blog post He clarifies that they will have to postpone the new expansion as well. The extension will be published at the beginning of 2022:
“With advances in expansion development and real-world challenges that have changed the way we live and work over the past year and a half, it has become clear to us that we need more time to implement our creative vision for Cantha. So we are delaying the release of Guild Wars 2 (Buy now €39.95 ): The end of the dragon from late 2021 to early 2022.”
In addition to the new expansion, ArenaNet is currently upgrading its engine to DirectX 11. In a beta version this year, players will have the opportunity to experience it for themselves:
“The important thing to note here is that upgrading to DX11 alone will not magically increase frame rates. Some players may not notice a difference at all. However, upgrading to DX11 opens many doors for improved performance, such as multi-threading. The road also sets the stage for some potential graphics upgrades.”
In addition, the beta will include world restructurings – or alliances – aimed at changing the balance between the world and the global experience. It is supposed to be done by a “Dynamic match creation can be achieved using WvW guilds, alliances and active WvW players.”
We should get our first look at the new expansion on July 27th as part of the End-Of-Dragons livestream.
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